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Components of Training

Psychoanalytic training involves: a personal psychoanalysis; seminars in psychoanalytic theory and clinical technique taught by local, national, and international psychoanalysts; systematic observations of infants and young children; involvement in research/study groups and psychoanalytic diagnostic evaluations and treatment of children/adolescents/adults with consultation by senior analysts. Candidates will write and present in various formats observations, clinical reports, diagnostic assessments, formal case presentations, etc.

Although an incoming group of candidates will move through the didactic curriculum as a class, the progression in clinical work with patients and the subsequent advancement through the program is individualized.

Training in child and adolescent psychoanalysis may be pursued as an independent course or in conjunction with or after completion of training in adult psychoanalysis.

Personal Psychoanalysis: The personal analysis is the cornerstone of psychoanalytic training. All candidates are in 4-5 times weekly psychoanalysis with an approved training analyst throughout their training. The personal experience of analysis enables candidates to further their awareness, understanding and tolerance of unconscious aspects of their personality and increase their sensitivity and capacity for reflection. Because analysis is a private and confidential relationship between the candidate and the analyst, the training programs at CJC maintain a non- reporting policy with regard to the content of the analysis. However, since the analysis is a training analysis, the analyst also has a contract to inform the administration of significant changes, i.e., if the analyst has been absent and had to cancel a significant number of sessions, if the candidate has missed a significant number of sessions and if the analysis has terminated.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange to meet prospective analysts who are recognized as training analysts for The Center’s Psychoanalytic Training Programs to determine if the analyst has vacancies, to make arrangements and agree on the fees. Faculty is available for discussion and guidance. The candidate should notify administration when the arrangement has been made.

Seminars and Research Groups: The curriculum is designed to help candidates develop their ability to think psychoanalytically and to understand the developing mind. A historical and developmental perspective forms the foundation for examining contemporary psychoanalytic viewpoints and research findings. The content of the curriculum covers basic psychoanalytic concepts and theories, developmental theory, and psychoanalytic technique of working with children, adolescents and adults. Seminars are taught in small groups providing plenty of opportunities for active dialogue. Additional forums for discussion and learning include diagnostic assessment meetings, research/study groups, meetings with visiting psychoanalysts and special video-conference seminars.

Observations: Systematic observations of infants and young children enhance clinical observational skills and deepen knowledge of development and psychological processes that influence individual experience and understanding. Observations are individually arranged.

Clinical Work and Consultation: A profound depth of clinical understanding is gained through participating in Diagnostic Meetings and undertaking the psychoanalytic treatment of children, adolescents and/or adults. Each candidate will be required to do sufficient clinical work to attain a competence adequate for the practice of psychoanalysis. At least three analytic cases will be treated on a four or five times weekly basis. Candidates are required to be in personal psychoanalysis during a significant period of their clinical work with consultation.

Candidates will have weekly consultation on each case with approved consultants. The candidate in consultation with the supervisor will determine the appropriateness of a given case. Each of these cases will continue until there is mutual agreement for termination between candidate and supervisor. Candidates may obtain cases through private practice and the Treatment Clinic. At least one of the cases should be a low fee psychoanalytic patient from the Treatment Clinic. Clinic patients are supervised at no charge.

Training in Adult Psychoanalysis includes:

  • Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Assessment of Adults
  • Mother -Infant Observation Paper/Presentation
  • Psychoanalytic Treatment of three adults (both sexes and different psychopathology)
  • Weekly consultation on psychoanalytic cases
  • Clinical Presentations and Clinical Reports
  • Involvement in Study Groups/Outreach Activities

Training in Child/Adolescent Psychoanalysis includes:

  • Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Assessment of Children/Adolescents
  • Mother -Infant Observation Paper/Presentation
  • Psychoanalytic Treatment of a child under five, latency-aged child and
  • adolescent (both sexes and different psychopathology)
  • Weekly consultation on psychoanalytic cases
  • Clinical Presentations and Clinical Reports
  • Involvement in Study Groups/Outreach Activities

Psychoanalytic Treatment Clinic

The Psychoanalytic Treatment Clinic provides psychoanalytic assessment and treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. We provide treatment that is affordable, respectful and compassionate. The Carter-Jenkins Center coordinates, as far as possible, the educational activities, the treatment programs and the research endeavors. Integration of these various aspects enrich our clinical training programs, clinical services, and outreach activities.

Last Update: August 30, 2005

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